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Book Review: From Notting Hill with Four Weddings... Actually by Ali McNamara
Blurb: Set in the world of all your favorite rom-coms, a gorgeously romantic new novel by the author of "From Notting Hill with Love... Actually" Movie addict Scarlett O'Brien is finally living the jet-setting life she's dreamed of, but it all hangs by a shiny, golden thread. Flying between London and New York, running two businesses, and planning her wedding to handsome fiance Sean along with her best friends Oscar and Maddie -- life couldn't be better. Then Scarlett meets paparazzi darling Gabriella Romero, and life suddenly becomes even more extravagant and glamourous. But as she begins to experience the other side of being rich and famous, it's not only Scarlett's perfect wedding that's put in jeopardy, but her whole world.
Review: I can't believe it took me almost a year to pick this book up. The Actually Series is one of my all time favourites and I was over the moon last year when Ali McNamara announced the third book was going to be all about weddings (four weddings actually, it couldn't be any other way right?). Anyway, I was saving it as a treat but then it kind of got lost in all my books until now! I spotted it the other day and I just wanted to see how Scarlett and Sean were doing.
I have to admit that this one was my least favourite of the three. Basically because the first one completely blown me away, it was like Ali has written a book especially for me, I instantly connected with Scarlett and absolutely loved all the movie references. And then with the second book, Ali took us to an amazing trip to New York and quite unbelievably it was even better than the first book. So the expectations were high with the third book for me. Ali did deliver, we still have amazing characters (Oscar, Scarlett's BFF, is back better than ever), crazy situations, a lot of serendipity and some megastars cameos but the movie loving / discovering yourself essence of the other two books is a bit lost between all the drama.
If something can go wrong for Scarlett and Sean's wedding, it does. And with Scarlett running two international businesses and basically mentoring a celebrity everyday the drama in the story is endless. But somehow Ali McNamara pulls it off, she might have gone a bit over the top with this book but I just loved every bit. I was grinning like a loon from cover to cover and she reminded us that sometimes real life is even more magical than movies and that's why I love this series so much.
I am sure that old fans and even new ones (I think you can easily read this novel as a stand alone as everything is explained and no matter how long you have known Oscar, you just love him) will enjoy Scarlett and Sean's (last?) story. Also, if you are planning a wedding, you might get some really nice ideas. Gosh, I'm torn between which of the weddings was more spectacular!